Once upon a time, female blackbirds were white as snow, but during one particularly harsh winter their appearance changed forever. January, was a cruel month, cold and unforgiving, especially towards the little animals that struggled to survive to see another spring. Food was scarce, and snowstorms were frequent and the...

A reflection on the origin of modern fashion


How we dress, how we style our hair, how we decorate our body, is nowadays a personal choice, but in the past, there were rules to follow and it was not possible to appear in public dressed in inappropriate clothing. Besides, dressing nicely was not a necessity, clothes were just...

Animalia at Palazzo Pitti


photo credit: © Antonio Quattrone At Palazzo Pitti, fashion and zoology merge beyond the simple animalier, creating an imaginative and unusual natural history museum. Almost 100 pieces of haute couture made between 2000 and 2018, compose the exhibition itinerary of Animalia, inaugurated on January 8 and open until May 5....

Recipes of the tradition: Gnudi


Traditional Tuscan dishes never disappoint, always substantial, simple but tasty. They do not allow themselves to be corrupted by peculiar and refined ingredients, by embellishments and superfluous additions, they go straight to the point and above all to the taste! Gnudi are one of the many dishes of our territory...

Leonardo and the Codex Leicester at the Uffizi


The Leonardo Da Vinci painter of the Mona Lisa, the Last Supper and many other paint masterpieces is very well known. Not the same can be said for the Leonardo da Vinci inventor. Leonardo was a particularly intelligent man, with an unusual thirst for knowledge fueled by a great curiosity...

The Tower of Palazzo Vecchio


Palazzo Vecchio, with its high tower is one of the symbols of Florence, and the tower, which stands 95 meters high above the roofs of the city, is what marks the location of the ancient Palazzo della Signoria even from afar. The tower of Arnolfo was built at the beginning...

Flora Commedia: Cai Guo-Qiang’s explosive exhibition


You might have heard, a couple of weeks ago, the great crackling of fireworks that deafened Florence for 5 minutes. It was the spectacular performance of the Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang, on the occasion of the inauguration of his new exhibition at the Uffizi Gallery. Flora Commedia was born from...

Girolamo Savonarola: a herethic in Florence


Florence is a place full of history and stories, and sometimes, without even realizing it, we can find ourselves walking right upon them. This might have happened in Piazza della Signoria, where a large marble plaque set in the paving of the square, right in front of the fountain of...

Simonetta Vespucci: Botticelli's muse


Now that also the second season of the tv show Medici is over, we are left wondering about the real story of Simonetta Cattaneo Vespucci, the noblewoman considered to have been the muse of Sandro Botticelli. In the episodes of the tv series we see how Simonetta and Giuliano de...

The Tuscan “pane sciocco”


We can all agree that Italian bread is what dreams are made of; for us a good meal is not the same without it. But did you know that Tuscan bread is very different from the other Italian breads? Alas, for once, we’re missing something the rest of Italy isn’t:...

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